In the heart of the Barolo zone, set amongst the vines, Villa Ribota is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home for up to 12 people, with swimming pool.
Just minutes from Barolo, La Morra and Novello, it is the perfect place from which to explore this wine and food lover's paradise. Alba (home of the White Truffle Fair) and Bra (the home of Slow Food) are each just 15 minutes away.
Fully-restored in 2015, the house is set among the vines outside the hilltop town of Novello, with views across the vines all the way to the Alps.
The rooms are huge and everything is finished to a high standard, while the original, character features remain. There is wifi throughout the property (and around the pool, of course!).
The Villa is immersed in the peace and quiet of the countryside, yet it is also just a few minutes from the famous wine bars, wineries and restaurants of towns like Barolo, La Morra and Monforte d'Alba.
You can walk to Novello for lunch, have a cooking class by the pool, go for a wine tasting with a small, local producer or with a world famous Barolo big hitter, hunt for white truffles, cycle from village to village, immersing yourself in the remarkable views, or just relax by the pool and soak up the beautiful views.
The Villa sleeps 10 to 12 people in five spacious double bedrooms (there are two extra single beds that can be added to any of the rooms). There are also three cribs for small children. There are four modern bathrooms, a big, characterful living/dining area, a fully-equipped, modern kitchen and a wonderful swimming pool with views straight out across the vines.
Situated within the Barolo zone, the Villa is surrounded by Nebbiolo vines. You can walk to the nearest winery and you can follow trails through the vines which run directly from the house to local villages and restaurants.
Bedroom One is downstairs, with direct access to the garden and pool. It has an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath tub. It has a double bed (US King size) with space to add another single bed or crib. It can also be set up with two single beds (90cm wide) instead of a double.
Bedroom Two is in the former hayloft area. It is a huge room, with high ceilings and massive picture windows to make the most of the views. It has a double bed (180cm, US King size) or can be arranged with two single beds (each 90cm wide). A further single bed or cot can be added if needed.
Bedroom Three is also in the old hayloft. It has a double bed (180cm wide, US King) or can be set up with two single beds (each 90cm wide). It offers views to the east, straight out through the vines. Bedrooms Two and Three share a huge, stylish, modern bathroom with double sinks, walk-in shower and bath tub.
Bedroom Four is a very large room with access to the balcony. It has a double bed (180cm, US King) or can be set up as two singles (each 90cm wide) and a further single bed or cot can be added if needed. It has an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
Bedroom Five is also a decent size, with balcony access. It has a double bed (180cm wide, US King) or can be arranged with two single beds (each 90cm wide), with space to add a further single bed or cot. It has its own modern bathroom with shower (not en-suite).
Kitchen - Downstairs you will find the modern kitchen, which has everything you need to cook for up to 12 people, including a gas hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine and mocha coffee makers (these are simple espresso makers which you put on the stove. They are standard in Italian households).
Laundry - Off the kitchen is a utility room with washing machine, iron, ironing board, drying rack, vacuum cleaner and other cleaning equipment. There is also a WC off the utility room, with toilet and sink.
Living/Dining - Also downstairs, this features brick vaulted ceilings, an open fireplace (wood is available) and an exposed stone wall. The dining table has plenty of space for 12 people. There is direct access from here to the outside dining area. The comfortable living area has seating for 12 and a flatscreen HD TV with UK satellite channels. There is also a DVD player, a small library and a selection of board games.
Outside - A shaded dining area seats 12 in comfort, while there is also a charcoal barbecue and a firepit.
Swimming pool - The perfect place to unwind after a tough day of tasting wine or hiking through the vineyards.It is unheated so while it is always open, it may be a little fresh in early spring and late autumn.
The garden has a large grassed area which runs straight into the vines. In summer and autumn, guests can help themselves to fruit (figs, apples, pears, peaches and sharan fruit) and hazelnuts from our trees.
At the rear of the house is a small storage area, useful for storing bikes, pool toys and golf clubs. There are electric-bike and Vespa rental companies nearby who will deliver to the house on request.
Parking - there is a private parking area to the rear of the property, large enough for three to four cars.
Cleaning - The house is cleaned before your arrival.
Linen - Bed sheets, bath and hand towels, pool towels and kitchen towels are all provided.
Internet - the house has wireless internet throughout.
Activites: cooking lessons at the villa; chef cooking for you at the villa; cycling; electric bikes; walking; mountain hikes; wine tasting; restaurants; golf; beaches just an hour away; explore the local villages; trek through the vines; Turin less than an hour away
Now the legal bit:
Since December 2017, the property is rented as a "Locazione Turistica", or private villa rental. This is regulated by Articolo 1571 e seguenti del Codice Civile, dall'articolo 4 del DL 50/2017 convertito con Legge n. 96/20, dall'art 1, comma 2 lett c0. della legge 9 dicembre 1998 n. 431 nonché dall'art 53 del Codice del Turismo, D.Lgs. 79/2011.